Liverpool fans could not believe their eyes when they watched Mohamed Salah walk off the pitch in tears in UEFA Champions League final. The Egyptian had a great season scoring 44 goals in all competition. This was his moment to end the season with silverware but Sergio Ramos challenge forced him off after only 30 minutes. It was certainly an emotional moment for him, Reds fans and football supporters in general. The World wanted to see him go toe to toe with CR7 for ninety minutes. Today, we want to look back at some of the most emotional moments in football in recent years.
7. Andre Ayew AFCON 2015 final
— Ghana Sports Fans (@ghanafans) January 9, 2016
Ghana played Ivory Coast in the final of Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. The game went to penalties and finally, the Black stars lost. Andre Ayew had worked very hard throughout the tournament but as they say, in football there has to be a winner and a loser. This time it was his team going home empty-handed.
You will never see a footballer cry that much. The Swansea forward cried and cried and cried even more. You could see the pain in his heart knowing quite well how hard it is to come that close in Africa Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast, for example, has been favorites in the last 10 years. Players tried to calm him down but it was all too hard to take. Let us hope next time it will be Ghana, but that is not as easy as it sounds.
6. Xavi Henandez & Andres Iniesta fair well
When u think about Stevie G and Xavi Hernandez's departure from their teams, just cry hard…:( pic.twitter.com/mXGxpzkyXW
— Prince (@PrinceTheNoble) April 5, 2015
The time for football maestros and Barcelona Legends Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta to leave Camp Nou finally arrived. They helped the Catalans win trebles, doubles and many more accolades. It was certainly hard for them to goodbye to a club they represented all their lives.
They won everything available in football. This includes multiple La Liga titles, Copa del Rey, Champions League medals. They helped their country win the World Cup and European Championship twice. This explains why it is so difficult for Xavi and Iniesta to wave goodbye. The tears kept coming, the voice disappeared and the whole world cried with them. We will certainly never forget Xavi and Iniesta.
5. Casillas fair well press conference
After 25-years at Real Madrid, Iker Casillas has left the club. This picture of him crying makes us all cry. pic.twitter.com/eogfNb6UzD
— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) July 12, 2015
This was probably the most difficult time in Iker Casillas career. The only Club he has ever known in his entire life as a footballer was turning away from him. From 1990-2015 he was proud to be a Madridista but now it was time to say goodbye.
Iker has always been a cool character but this day was different. He couldn’t control his emotions and we all understand why. Leaving was certainly very hard to take especially when it’s not your choice to leave. A mix of bitterness, love, achievements and the great moments he has shared with so many stars at Santiago Bernabeu is difficult to take.
He won everything available to him in football for both Club and country. Name them Champions League, La Liga, Super Cup, Euro, World Cup among others. He remembered all and cried, the cameras flashed and he sobbed for one last time for the club he loves. Time to go was now and he left for Portuguese side FC Porto. We celebrate you, Saint Iker.
4. David Beckham final game
— Tariq Slim 👻 (@TariqSlim) May 18, 2013
David Beckham was created in Manchester United, adored in England, celebrated at Real Madrid, challenged at AC Milan, spoiled with money at LA Galaxy and then saluted at Paris Saint-Germain. He could not believe he was quitting the game for good. He flashed back to see all the noises at Old Trafford, the chants at Santiago Bernabeu, the carnival at San Siro and a standing ovation at Parc des Princes and then he cried. It was all over.
His football career came to an end. The game he loved, the sport that made him shine like a star. He might have made mistakes like the Red Card in 1998 World Cup that eventually eliminated England, but he is only human. The good news is that he won almost every title available to him in Club level.